February 28, 2011

Millet Muffins!

Have you ever been to Metropolitan Bakery? It's amazing.  Have you had their Millet Muffins? They are life changing.  Did you wish you could make them at home?  I bet you did.  Do you like when people ask annoying questions just so they can answer themselves?  I know I do.

This morning I wanted to attempt making a mighty version of the Metropolitan Bakery Millet Muffin, and I must say, I totally succeeded.

This is not the most efficient muffin recipe, but it is well worth the extra steps.  

Turn oven to 375 degrees

2 cups toasted millet*
1 1/2 cups white flour**
1/2 cup what bran
2 cups wheat flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 eggs
3 flax seed egg substitutes*** (again, you could just do 6 eggs and not the substitute)
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup butter 
2 cups brown sugar, packed

Mix together the dry ingredients.  In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, flax substitute, milk and vanilla.

In a mixer with the paddle, beat the butter and sugar until totally mixed.  Turn to low speed and alternate adding the dry mixture and the wet mixture.  Do not over mix (you don't want the eggs to get beaten in the process).  

Spoon the batter in to papered muffin tins, and bake for 15-20 minutes.  Rotate the pans half way through.  When a tester comes out clean, let cool in the tins for a few minutes and then remove to a cooling rack! Voila! 

*Toast the millet by spreading them out on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes at 350, shaking the sheet every couple of minutes so all sides of the millet get toasted. 
**Instead of white flour, wheat bran and wheat flour, you could use 4 cups of all purpose or 4 cups of wheat.
*** flax seeds make an AWESOME egg substitute.  I did only because I need as much flax in my diet as possible.  I have no aversion to eggs, I promise.   Mix 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds (which you can do in a coffee grinder) with 3 tablespoons of water to substitute for one egg.  

Healthy? Mostly.  Delicious? Definitely.  

February 26, 2011


(oops, wrote this a few days ago and forgot to post it...)

Recently I bought some red potatoes, and being one who prefers her tubers fried alongside a good beer over at Local 44, I had not gotten around to making anything with them until tonight.  Don't get me wrong, I tried a few times, with a conversation much like this:

me: I'll make us dinner!
Evan: oooo what will you make?
me: well, I have a sack of potatoes!
Evan: How about we go to Local.

But tonight I had had enough! It is COLD out again, and a tray of roasted potatoes sounded just right (albeit not a terribly balanced or complete meal...which is why I had an hors d'oeuvres of a banana.  Still not very balanced.) But I wanted something a bit special.  So I made a quick dressing of dijon mustard, olive oil, garlic, and a bit of melted butter, coated those taters, and popped them in the oven at 400 degrees.

Over an hour later, YUM!

I don't know exactly how much of each ingredient I used, but if you are going to try it, just make enough to coat those suckers.  Don't go crazy with the olive oil, and be sure to spread them out in a baking dish.  I stirred them up about 30 minutes in, so all the sides would brown.  The mustard seeds got all nice and crunchy, and the potatoes are of course crispy and delicious!

February 7, 2011

Birthday Celebrations

Well, today is the 199th birthday of Charles Dickens, and probably more relevant to my life, exactly one week since my 26th!  It's been a fun week of celebrating, for both me and Charlie (Evan and I went to a dramatic reading of some of his works yesterday near his statue at Clark Park, complete with a birthday cake and singing.  It was quite the experience).  My birthday festivities were aptly surrounded with food -my friends obviously know me well- and I thought I'd share some pictures!  It started out with a trip to Terrain and lunch at Styers! The food was ah-may-zing and I could have easily spent my year's salary in the shop. 

Short rib sandy with fingerlings

Scallops with raisin sauce and bulger wheat

lamb sliders


The next night, my roommates made me dinner, and this decadent chocolate ganache layered cake.  Which I then ate multiple times a day for the rest of the week.

And to top off the birthday celebrations, I got to cheer on the 76ers with my family.  The computers shut down before the start of the game, and so they actually hand wrote our tickets.  Stay classy, Philly.

February 5, 2011

Rainy Saturday

I think it's safe to say the weather here in Philly has been crazy lately.  We went from thunder snow, to ice tornado warnings, to today's 40 degree rain.  I went out begrudgingly this morning to run my Saturday morning errands (laundromat, pharmacy, coffee shop- where I ordered a double espresso and then spilled it IN my purse).  It's just one of those days.  So, I've decided to hole up with a good book and not leave the house again unless absolutely necessary! 

As a side note, I figured I'd share the latest and greatest addition to my home!  A while back I picked up this fantastic terrarium/ Wardian case at a thrift store for a measly $30 (seriously, deal of a lifetime) and have been rotating different plants in and out of it.  Now housed inside are an aloe, a Drunkard's Dream, an "air plant" and an olive tree (both of which I picked up last weekend during my birthday lunch at Terrain!).  But the coup d'état is the new orchid that Evan gave me last night!  I just love how it is coming together!   I also created a shelf on the bottom out of old fabric to hold magazines. It was hard to get proper pictures of the whole thing, but you get the idea.  I've contemplated painting it; thoughts? Also, does anyone have any experience with orchids? Though I like to think I'm pretty good with plants, I'm terrified I will kill this thing...